[Tape Review] Sub Pop Video Network Program 1

My first entry to the Better Zombie catalog eight months ago was a proto “Thrifting Adventures” post about a thrift shop I like and some stuff I got there. I made this review and forgot about it. As I’ve been clearing out my backlog, upped my lightbox game, and strengthened my reviewing skills, I figure I’ll add to that practice and get this review of the Sub Pop Video Network Program 1 tape in the can.

Bias: Huge Nirvana fan
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

  1. Mudhoney – “Here Comes Sickness
    Sloppy and energetic. The music video follows in the proud footsteps of showing random concert footage with occasional random clips.
    Music: ★★★★☆ [4/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  2. Fluid – “Black Glove
    Music videos showing close ups of live performances deceived me growing up because rarely can you actually get this close.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  3. Mudhoney – “This Gift
    Mostly random clips with some chaotic shots of the band performing. No narrative or tie-in to the song. OK video.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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  4. Dwarves – “Drugstore
    Quick sketchy trip with the bizarre punks as they go to the drugstore and not to buy exclusive Marvel Legends.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  5. Tad – “Stumblin’ Man
    At least it’s a consistent narrative of a character stumbling around town. Highly-stylized without any performance footage to sell it.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  6. Nirvana – “In Bloom
    This isn’t the more common music video where the band dress up. This is just random concert and walking footage.
    Music: ★★★★☆ [4/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  7. Mark Lanegan – “Ugly Sunday
    The slower acoustic song in the set that typically tips off the listener that something weird will happen. Somewhat underrated.
    Music: ★★★★☆ [4/5] / Video: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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  8. At Home With Sub Pop behind the scenes video
    Weird. At first I was leaning toward thinking this was terrible until the actual walkthrough of Sub Pop. Kinda nice.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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  9. The Walkabouts – “Ahead Of The Storm
    Fun, upbeat song showing how diverse the Sub Pop catalog was then and cleansing the palette of that arthouse collage.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  10. Beat Happening – “Hot Chocolate Boy”
    The flat singing, repetitive lyrics, and song structure could appeal to some. Not me! I like a little musical personality.
    Music: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] / Video: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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  11. The Afghan Whigs – “Sister Brother”
    Weirdest music video and lyrical concept in the set. The narrative was just a little too out there to work.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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  12. Seaweed – “One Out Of Four
    Coolest surprise of the set! Not exceptional by Sub Pop standards, kinda like Mudhoney, though that’s still a high mark.
    Music: ★★★★☆ [4/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  13. Thee Headcoats – “Girl Of Matches
    Maybe the most traditional garage rock band of the set. Not really my favorite sound, and done only well enough.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  14. Tad – “Wood Goblins
    Gimmick music video selling Tad as slacker lumberjacks rather than using their strengths as heavy rockers. Bonus points for MOTU.
    Music: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] / Video: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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  15. DwarvesThe Scum Also Rises movie trailer
    Trailer for a movie that never was by a fun band that strives to the as offensive as it can.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

The tape will go in my Nirvana box where it’ll probably remain unless I trade it. Not really an essential viewing. Just nice to “finish.”

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